United States, California, Palo Alto, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-16

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Principal UX Designer, Design Systems

About the company:

Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to our mission is building a team of adventurous individuals determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves constantly. Stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking. Reframing old problems. Seeking new solutions. And operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty. While our backgrounds are diverse, our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. Do you like doing the impossible? We’d love to hear from you.

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

We’re looking for a Principal Designer to drive the digital design language for the in-vehicle experience. You will be responsible for codifying, iterating, and evangelizing the digital design language. You will lead the vision and oversee a team of UI, UX, Content designers as well as collaborate with world-class creative groups and disciplines across the Rivian organization including: Motion, Mobile, Brand, Fleet, Software and Studio teams. Your work will be instrumental in shaping current and future vehicle programs.

Together with a team that values positivity, humility, and humor – your designs will push the boundaries for what is possible today. Ideal candidates will have a combination of creative vision, collaboration, communication skills, and technical understanding to complement their creative spirit and interaction expertise. In this role, you will further build on your expertise of establishing interaction models, design patterns, maintaining interaction guidelines, and prototyping new paradigms.


  • Manage and provide mentorship to a cross-discipline team of UI and UX designers
  • Create sketches, concepts, wireframes, micro-interactions, and prototypes
  • Build and maintain a clear, centralized documentation of principles, components, and usage guidance
  • Oversee the digital design language to include: design principles, interaction patterns, UI kit, motion patterns, audio best-practices, and atomic design elements
  • Audit, identify gaps and create new interaction patterns
  • Prioritize the product roadmap with the Design Director and Producer
  • Collaborate with the other vehicle teams (Infotainment, Navigation, Self-Driving, Vehicle Modes, etc.) on adding, improving, and removing interaction patterns
  • Solicit feedback and communicate updates to stakeholders and executives
  • Collaborate with system engineers to create consistent and well-defined interaction patterns
  • Partner with user researchers to gather consumer data, validate concepts, test prototypes & apply findings into you designs
  • Be able to join the physical and digital worlds together by keeping driver safety top of mind


  • 8+ years of relevant work experience designing touch, voice, in-vehicle and/or transportation solutions
  • Experience with design leadership, creative direction, coaching, and mentoring
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Design, HCI, Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Advanced proficiency in design and prototyping tools, such as Figma and ProtoPie
  • Bonus points for experience with motion and audio work
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex design challenges in order to support an informed, creative process
  • Exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to zoom out and see the bigger picture, while zooming in to rationalize and perfect the nuanced details
  • Comfortable with high-paced environments
  • Willingness to dive into projects with a blank slate and learning/listening mindset
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to provide an online portfolio showcasing your design work and ethos

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at [email protected].


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